I picked up this unique anthology of four inter-connected stories by by four different NA authors so I could enjoy two new to me authors and two I already appreciate.
Because it’s an antho with assorted authors, I’m going to attempt mini-reviews of each story even though the four heroines are all college roommates and friends. *laughter at the thought of ‘mini’ and ‘review’ associated with me*
Behind Her Eyes by A.L. Jackson
This one starts off with a painful, teary-eyed bang. Misha was exploited by the first guy she thinks loves her and her whole world crumbles. She is determined never to trust a guy again even if he takes over her thoughts like the sultry, cocky Darryn Wilde from next door. Darryn knows all about Misha and she is nothing like what he was expecting. He wants to be her one and only if he can coax her into trusting him. I was touched by Misha’s pathos and wanted these two together. I wish Darryn’s back story had been teased out more so I could get to know the guy behind the bad boy looks.
Saving Me by Molly McAdams
Oh my, another sad one. Indy’s pains are deep and her wild behavior makes so much sense when it all comes out, but Kier’s past just made me sob like a baby. Amazing little love story here. Guilt and grief and survivor’s guilt are strong themes. So glad these two found each other.
Fouling Out by Tiffany King
This one started and I thought, not cool, she’s a judgmental Queen B who’s holding a mistake a guy made as a kid against him- not even a real mistake, but more like she was making it all on him in her head. Then Courtney got with the program and gave Dalton a chance turning this into a sassy fun, sweet sports romance. Score for Courtney and Dalton!
Beneath Your Layers by Christina Lee
What a poignant story of what happens when two seemingly incompatible people imprisoned by their lives are forced to work together. Chloe learns about the pain and loss that Blake must live with and Blake discovers why Chloe scrambles for maintaining full control at all costs. It was amazing watching these two connect and discover how much they needed each other and how plans can change.
Each story was engaging in varying degrees. They all featured first person alternating points of view. I didn’t catch it at first, but they also were a string of stories told in order through one school year at college with each girl’s story hitting a different quarter in the year.
I think it was a champ idea for different authors to take on each girl’s story because it really gave them individual voices.
I also thought it was good that the stories weren’t all of the same tone. As much as my heart twisted in the first two stories, I was glad for the lighter fare of the last two. Not that they were without substance; just not full of such deep angst. The variety was nice.
All of them were fab samples of New Adult Contemporary Romance. I look forward to more books by the authors.
My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.
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